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Haaland scores five goals as Manchester City cruise into UCL quarterfinals

Erling Haaland scored five goals to take Manchester City to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a 7-0 (8-1 on aggregate) victory over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

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Haaland ended the game and a draw with his first-half hat-trick, making it 4–1 on aggregate to Pep Guardiola’s team before adding his fourth and fifth before he was substituted in the 63rd minute. The list of players who have scored five goals in one Champions League match is short: Lionel Messi (2012 against Bayer Leverkusen) and Luis Adriano (2014 against BATE Borisov).

With his fifth goal, Haaland also broke Manchester City’s single-season (all competitions) record previously held by Tommy Johnson (38 goals). Based on the way Haaland is moving, he is likely to be the only player to challenge his own mark – now 39 years old – for many, many years to come.

Ilkay Gündogan and Kevin De Bruyne scored other Manchester City goals that evening.

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Haaland has historically dominated the Champions League

Tuesday hat trick four Five goals have lifted Haaland’s Champions League career tally to 33, ahead of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Samuel Eto’o and Kaka to name but a few. Haaland, of course, is 22 years old.

It took Eto’o 78 games to score 30 goals in the Champions League; 85 for Rooney; and 86 for Kaka. Erling Haaland only played 26.

The all-time record holder is Cristiano Ronaldo with 141 goals, followed by Messi (129).

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Manchester City vs RB Leipzig
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What’s next?

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday (7:00 am ET). Chelsea, Bayern, Milan, Inter and Benfica are already in the last eight and Real Madrid are expected to join them (5-2 ahead of Liverpool). Napoli have a 2-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of Serie A’s home game on Wednesday (4pm ET).

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How to watch Manchester City v RB Leipzig live, stream link, start time

Date Time: Tuesday, March 14 at 4:00 pm ET
Statistics: Through the scoreboard on NBCSports.com
How to watch: SEE, Paramount+

Key storylines

Guardiola knows City are under pressure to win the Champions League this season, especially with allegations against them of alleged Premier League rule violations. They are five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League title race with 11 games to go and while they obviously want (and can) win every trophy they bid for, winning the Champions League this season is their top priority. Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden are all at their best in weeks, and City are shifting gears as they like to do at this point in the season.

Leipzig showed a lot of struggle in the first leg when they returned to the game and Guardiol took them to Eitad’s level with a header. They are reliable in midfield and defence, and with Timo Werner, Dani Olmo, Andre Silva and Dominik Soboslai in attack, they have a lot of options and will be very dangerous in transitions. If they had Christopher Nkunku they would have an even better chance of kicking City out of Europe.

Manchester City team news, squad options

Pep Guardiola doesn’t have any health issues to worry about. This gives him so many options in midfield and attack, but Haaland, De Bruyne, Foden and Grealish seem to be his favorite players right now. However, Mahrez scored a goal in the first leg and Bernardo Silva has been great in recent months as he hits the spot everywhere.

RB Leipzig team news, squad options

Leipzig will be without Xaver Schlager (ligament injury) and likely Christopher Nkunku (hamstring strain) will not be available as both were injured in the recent loss to Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig were also left without Abdu Diallo, who was training on his own, as he returned with knee problems and goalkeeper Peter Gulaci was out for the season after knee surgery.

Haaland scored five goals as Manchester City reached the Champions League quarter-finals originally appeared on NBCSports.com




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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